At #2 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 is ‘Life is Good,’ a collaboration between rappers Future and Drake. This is the highest Future has ever charted on the Hot 100, while it’s Drake’s 10,000th song in the top ten. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.
In fact, Drake has now had 207 songs on the Hot 100, including 36 in the Top Ten and six at the #1 spot. The man is a juggernaut. His 207 Hot 100 songs (all since 2009) tie him for the most ever with — you’ll never guess it — the cast of Glee. Given that Glee is no longer releasing new music, Drake is sure to own that record outright the next time he commits his voice to tape.
Rounding out the top ten of Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, surprise!, are more pop and rap songs.
Charli XCX lands at #8 with her minor summer hit ‘Boys’, while Selena Gomez (‘Bad Liar‘) ties for the 9th spot with Future (‘Mask Off’). Gomez’s ‘Bad Liar’ has emerged as one of my favorite 2017 songs.
We have two more repeats at #12 and #13 of Billboard’s chart this week, Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better,’ respectively. In the 14th spot is a cut by rapper Future, with an assist by Drake.
‘Used to This’ is a horrible song. Lyrically, it’s inane selg-congratulatory crap. How many times can rap artists brag about money and cars before they realize it’s ridiculous? Or is there some deep irony at work here that I’m missing?
Week two of the Billboard Hot 100 rundown brings us to #13 and another Drake entry.
‘Jumpman’ is a collaboration with rapper Future that takes its title from Nike’s Michael Jordan logo.
You know, this one:
This week I’ll continue featuring the songs that topped 2014’s Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, a conglomeration of more than 600 music critics’ top albums and singles.
In the 15th spot is Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me,’ which should make Tom Petty happy, as he was recently awarded a songwriting credit on the popular track due to its similarity to ‘Won’t Back Down.’